It’s one of London’s greatest art events. Frieze London focuses on contemporary art while Frieze Masters showcases artworks done before 2000, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro and Tracey Emin.
Whether you have come to browse or buy, there are budgets to suit all pockets and both Frieze and Frieze Masters have gone out of their way to make the event as eye-catching as possible to the visitor. With over 160 art exhibitions on display, it would keep any art enthusiast excited – to say the least.
The Hauser & Wirth exhibit – Bronze Age (say 900 BC) was one of the best at the show, always known for their unusual booth. Imagine walking through some old, long forgotten dusty museum and then exiting into the fair once again – showcasing modern and contemporary bronze artifacts by the likes of Henry Moore, Marcel Duchamp and India’s blue-eyed boy Subodh Gupta’s bronze potatoes.
There was plenty of sex on offer too. Various photographic series by feminist artists in the 70’s and 80’s, raunchy phallic installations and Marilyn Minter’s Porn Grid made for some provocative viewing. And the Sculpture Park had some amazing larger-than-life art installations all set within beautiful Regents Park.
There’s also food for thought, literally! The fair has collaborated with some of London’s top restaurants to host pop ups from Brunswick House, Company Drinks, Gail’s Artisan Bakery, Pizza Pilgrims, Jason Atherton’s Social Wine and Tapas, Petersham Nurseries and Ahi Poke.
(Frieze London, Regents Park, London NW1; On till October 8)
By Diane Bilimoria, London